February 19, 2008

Caper talks offers and timetable

The Michigan State staff has been aware for quite sometime that the in-state running back class of 2009 is going to be very special. With All-American Candidate Javon Ringer set to graduate after next year, the Spartans pro-style offense will be an attractive option. One of the top running back prospects in the nation for the class of 2009 is Larry Caper of Battle Creek Central High School. SpartanMag.com spoke with the Rivals 100 prospect last night, and he gave us the latest news on his latest scholarship offers and when he plans on making a decision.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Caper has seen his scholarship list expand the past few weeks. Numerous college coaches stopped into Caper's school in January hoping to get a jump-start on recruiting him. What many found out is that several schools, including Michigan State, have had Caper as a priority recruit for the class of 2009 for quite some time. SparatanMag.com asked Caper about his current list of scholarships.

"Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Stanford and Cincinnati have offered," he said. "Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Boston College all seem close to offering. I hear from them a lot too."

Michigan State was one of the first teams to extend a scholarship offer to Caper. The Spartan staff reortedly views him as a player that could carry the lode of the Spartans power rushing attack.

The University of Michigan also offered Caper early in the process, however, the Wolverines have not only gone through a coaching change, but an offensive philosophy change as well. We asked Caper if he still is hearing from Michigan?

"Yes, I wasn't hearing from them that much, but then last week I got a letter from Coach Rodriguez saying that they were still very interested in me and would be recruiting me," Caper said.

Caper has been getting tons of correspondence the past few weeks and has been invited to multiple junior days. As of right now he is still considering his options, but he does have one junior day visit scheduled.

"I am going to Michigan State's junior day," he said. I have spoken with Coach Staten a lot and I have also talked with Coach Dantonio. I will be up there on the 23rd."

Caper is very familiar with all three of the major programs located near him (Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame). In addition to hearing from the coaching staff's and stopping into camps, Caper attended multiple games last fall.

"I was at Michigan State for the Pittsburgh game and the game against Michigan. I was at Michigan for their games against Oregon and Ohio State and I went to Notre Dame for the USC game," Caper said.

With a host of scholarship offers already at his disposal we asked Caper if he has a timetable for a decision?

"Yes, I think I am going to wait until after I take all my visits. I want to go through the process and make sure I select the school that is best fro me. So many things can change and I just want to make sure that when I pick a school I know it is the right place," Caper said.

In early January Caper attend the US Army All-American Combine in san Antonio, Texas and had a strong performance there. He was one of the top performers at the event and had the following to say about his time down there.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "I felt like I did a good job down there. It was fun working out with the other players. It was a good experience for me."

Caper informed SpartanMag.com that he would be attending the NIKE camp later this spring. He also will be stopping into several college camps for 1-days visits. Those visits will be more to work with his prospective position coaches and build rapport more than anything.

Caper was also invited to the Rivals 5-star Junior Day that will be held at Michigan State on March 16th. At that event Rivals.com will be getting updated highlight video of Caper in action. SpartanMag.com will be sure to link that to the site as soon as it become available.


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